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Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein

Abott and Costello    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
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Lon Chaney, Jr., Bela Lugosi, Glenn Strange. A great comedic monster mash-Dracula, the Wolf Man and Frankenstein's Monster. Abbott and Costello play porters trying to dodge Dracula who wants to implant Lou's brain inside the Monster's head. 1948/b&w/83 min/NR/fullscreen.


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a loving tribute and A& Cs best! April 26 2004
By A Customer
Format:DVD
kudos must still go tO the universal exec who came up with this.
the film is a loving sendoff/tribute to the universal horror icons and A&Cs best film by far.
Lugosi actuall gives a bette rperfromance here as the count than he did in the original Dracula, which was static and over acted. A lot of crititcs have said that Lugosi played it straight here, but that's not quite true. he draped his cape over his nose
(something, despite the cliches, he never did in the original) and has several great comedic lines ('what we need is young blood and brains'). Lugosi always considered himself a comedian and for once he is given that opportunity, thus blowing away the prevelant attitudes that he was a not so bright actor that didn't know a lick of english and thus 'accidentally' gave an eerie delivery.
Chaney too is very good. he was and remains an underrated actor. watch him tear up in the macabre 'spider babay' or his performance in ' high noon' 'the defiant ones' and 'of mice and men' (of course) to see how great an actor he could really be.
and everything with A & C is perfect here. sadly, they would go way down hill and become tiresome shortly after.
ONE MAJOR COMPLAINT:
the make up of Bud Westmore doesn't hold a candle to Jack pierce.
Universal uncerimoniousely sacked Pierce because he was no longer 'quick enough'.
oh, Westmore was quicker and it shows!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Buyer beware! Sept. 14 2012
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This review does not reflect the quality of the film or Amazon. I purchased the Universal 100th Anniversary edition dvd of Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein, assuming it was a new dvd pressing of the hi-def remaster used for the blu-ray. I did this to save some money as I have found that blu-ray editions of older films (pre-'50's) do not look particularly mind-blowing. A proper remaster of a black and white film should look fine on both formats. When I opened this edition I found a disc clearly dated 2000, and indeed the transfer was terrible, scratchy and pixely. It says nothing about the film being restored on the packaging (of course), but when you purchase a dvd in packaging identical to the blu-ray, would you not assume they were taken from the same source? This is pretty deceptive and a lousy way for Universal to treat movie fans. In short, Universal, you suck.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
Hello All
I was just wandering through amazon and came upon this section and was just delighted to find "A&C meet Frankenstein" getting such nice compliments.
I would like to let you all know that my father Robert Lees and his writing partner and an old family friend, Freddy Rinaldo, wrote this film.
Freddy is no longer with us but my father is still, all of 92 years old, and is thrilled that after all these years you all like the film.
A little addenda:
You all must remember that A&C were essentially radio comedians,
and it was from his training in radio that Costello had the bad habit of coming unglued if he didn't consistantly get laughs from the crew for each gag each take, no matter how many takes were involved in getting a scene right.. For him the crew was a live audience, so if he didn't take the house down, he would put in another piece of business and reinvent the scene on the spot until he did - and he was very inventive! I don't know how successfull they were, but they tried to take him aside and explain how important it was to actually follow the script!! Dad said that Lugosi enjoyed this aspect of Costello very much although I'm not so sure whether the director did, or the writers either for that matter.
Both Dad and Fred respected the "horror/terror" genre in literature very much noting to me when I was younger how complex and interesting the form had become in the hands of writers like Dunsynane Tolstoy Lovecraft Saki,or Poe to name a few.
Tolstoy wrote some strange and luminous things in this old form, once a short story about a Vampyre.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Wes
Format:DVD
I don't have this movie on DVD. I bought a VHS copy of it. Maybe one day I'll move up to DVD. However, I will say this of the movie. It is great.
I was thinking back to it, and I suppose that this movie was my first real experience with Universal's version of the Dracula character, and with one of my favorite monsters, the Wolf Man. I woke up in the wee hours of the morning one day to find this movie on television. I watched it and really enjoyed myself. The monsters are played by the actors who made them popular (except the monster, but Glen Strange does his job well). Abbott and Costello are, of course, hilarious. The plot is a little campy, and intentionally so. Its a great movie for both comedy fans and for monster fans, like myself. I love this movie.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my all-time favorites!! April 28 2004
Format:DVD
I can't remember exactly when I first saw this movie, but I know I must have been about 10...and that was 33 years ago. This still rates as one of my all-time favorite movies and Abbott and Costello's best film; the movie is so much fun. As most of the reviews have stated, the key element to the film's success is that the monsters played it straight and the comedy was left to Lou Costello - and what a wonderful result. One of our family traditions now is to set up a tent in the backyard in October and bring our portable television set inside and watch "Abbott + Costello Meet Frankenstein." My kids LOVE this movie!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Comedy
Even after all these years the humour and suspense will give you an evening of entertainment, and many smiles the next day as you think about the antics that make this movie so... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Linda Verde
5.0 out of 5 stars Comedy horror classic any time of year.
I enjoy seeing Bela Lugosi, Lon Chaney Jr. and hearing Vincent Price just as much as Bud and Lou's beloved routines. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Snowy Angel's Mom
5.0 out of 5 stars Abbott and Costello.
Who dosen't like Abbott and Costello, Lots of classic comedy and laughs watching them get into one jam after another. Great movie.
Published 7 months ago by watson's mom
5.0 out of 5 stars A great Christmas gift!!
I think this is one of the team's best comedies! To have Dracula, the Frankenstein monster and the Wolfman, along with the nutty antics of this duo make a real laughfest!
Published 8 months ago by Gerdog
4.0 out of 5 stars What would Mary Shelley say..frankenstein..again
Here we have universal studios and it became a studio..a very famous studio,,known all over europe..bought very famous books by famous people.. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Anthony Marinelli
5.0 out of 5 stars classic
I am so amazed to find this CHRISTMAS GIFT- NOT HOLIDAY for my dad at a pocket friendly price too
Published 8 months ago by James
5.0 out of 5 stars Abbott & Costello
Really funny and entertaining to watch. It makes you laugh which help to relax your mind. It clears you mind of all things
Published 9 months ago by LUCIE FORTIER
5.0 out of 5 stars All-time classic in A. & B. comedys
You'll love this, either as an A&B fan or as an afficianado of the horror genre. A truy deep laugh spectacle, and the best of the A & B black and white horror spoofs. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Pat Thompson
5.0 out of 5 stars Meet Frankenstein Never Looked (and Sounded) Better !
Universal have taken great care in restoring this comedy-horror classic. The high-definition greatly enhances one's viewing pleasure since there are many detailed atmospheric sets... Read more
Published 22 months ago by shureman
5.0 out of 5 stars What's Not to Love?
What's not to love here? Fans of classic Universal horror will enjoy Lugosi, Chaney Jr and Strange playing their parts straight, while Bud and Lou deliver the laughs.
Published 22 months ago by JCH
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